I find the humanist manifesto rather terrifying because it insists there is no design, no purpose, no meaning, no morality. We are just a collection of molecules that arrived by chance and we are slaves to our DNA, having no free will. I just don't have enough faith to believe that my existence and yours and that of the entire universe is one of pure chance.You say that you find the "humanist manifesto" rather terrifying because it insists there is no design, no purpose, no meaning, no morality, and no free will. I'm not really sure what this "humanist manifesto" is, but how does a lack of design and purpose also lead to a lack of morality and free will? I just don't see the connection there. While the whole topic of morality and free will is probably best addressed in a future conversation, I do still believe I have a sense of morality, and I believe my morals are better than those of a bible that condones slavery and stoning unruly children to death.
There are many around us in our culture who prefer having no accountability to a higher truth, thereby giving them "permission" to define right and wrong for themselves. This was the original lie proposed to man in the Garden: you can be like God...you get to define what is good and evil...you have no need of God to tell you.It's seems silly to think that anyone would not believe in God because they don't want someone to tell them right and wrong. Wouldn't you still have to believe in God for that to be true? I know many people think that atheists and skeptics are what they are because they want to be able to go out and party and do drugs and rape and pillage small villages. Honestly, If I followed God's word as a moral compass, then raping and pillaging should be morally acceptable.